Tacoma Poetry Fest Oct 16-17

Tacoma Poetry FestivalPart of the Tacoma Arts Month celebration, the inaugural Tacoma Poetry Fest happens Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building Auditorium.

Headliner David Wagoner and the former Poets Laureate of Tacoma will read Friday night and Saturday features several workshops. (See: http://thetacomapoetryfestival.com/classes-and-workshops/)

One such workshop:

3:15 – 4:45 Session

Personal Myth, Place, Genius Loci – Paul Nelson

What is the myth you are living? Your Personal Mythology, relationship to place and to the spirit of the place in which you live are components of a healthy foundation for poets interested in preparing themselves to respond as deeply as possible to the chaos of our time. Ezra Pound said: “More poets fail from lack of character than lack of talent” and ninety minutes should be enough to dip a pen into the deep waters of self, place and myth.

Writing exercises, some example poems and discussion will be featured and participants will be given resources to continue their own journey into the realm of deep self. Examples will be drawn from Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia and other sources.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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